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"PB&J" Grape Cashew Butter CBD Smoothie

If the messages I get from people are any indication, CBD is officially everywhere. From New York City billboards and bodegas, to small-town 7-11’s, cannabidiol has spread far and wide. A July Gallup poll found that 14% of adults are currently using a CBD product of some kind. Whether you're part of that 14% or not, do you know the basics?

Since starting to research and test CBD a few years ago to writing my first cookbook (CBD Drinks for Health will be out in January 2020!) I’ve learned a ton. But sometimes the current information available leaves a lot to be desired and there are even products sold as CBD that don’t even contain the compound!

It drives me crazy because for me, CBD oil has done more than any wellness practice or supplement I’ve taken to improve my mood, sleep, anxiety, and stress levels. As a health professional, I want you to have the information you need on this important topic, so here’s the speed reading version of CBD basics.

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What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of nearly 100 cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. All cannabinoids have unique properties. Besides CBD the cannabinoid you might be most familiar with is THC which is the compound in cannabis that creates a ‘high’.

Hemp is filled with hundreds of compounds including antioxidants and terpenes along with cannabinoids. These work together to create something called the “entourage effect” which means they amplify the existing health benefits of each other.

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When all the compounds in industrial hemp are sold together as a CBD product, it’s known as a ‘full spectrum’ product. When CBD is sold as a 99% pure CBD compound only (without all the antioxidants and other things), it’s called ‘CBD isolate’. Sometimes you might also see products called ‘broad spectrum’ which means it has all of the compounds except it has zero percent THC. I have often seen these broad-spectrum products labeled as ‘full spectrum without THC’. Kind of confusing… I know.

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Part of the reason for confusion is because the laws about CBD and who is in charge of it are so new. In winter 2018, the US Farm Bill changed to make industrial hemp a legal agricultural product. With such a new change, there are still lots of regulations being shaped on labeling. Hopefully, with time we’ll see lots of clarifications that will make it easier to find what you need.

For those of you with questions about the THC I just mentioned, it’s important to know that all CBD from industrial hemp (not from cannabis which is not legal in all states) contains only trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3% whereas cannabis has between 5.0-20%). CBD won’t get you “high” which is a common misconception.

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What does CBD do?

CBD oil is fast-acting in comparison to many other supplements that can require weeks to start working. CBD products can be felt quickly, meaning you get the emotional or physical relief you need, ASAP. You can take CBD in various forms ( oil, tincture, edible and others) but today we’re adding it to a smoothie recipe that’s an updated comfort food combo classic: PB&J (well, grape and cashew butter).

So why are people taking CBD? CBD can help in the following ways:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Pain reduction
  • Anxiety reduction
  • Better sleep
  • Boosts mood
  • Protects against chronic stress
  • Gastrointestinal help: antispasmodic properties, decrease stress and inflammation (IBS)
  • Seizure disorders
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This is truly the ultra-short version of CBD 101, but if you have questions on the topic, I encourage you to learn about dosing and what to look for in a product in previous articles I’ve written. Remember, everyone is different so always work with a health professional to find out how you can add a new part to your wellness routine.

"PB&J" Grape Cashew Butter CBD Smoothie


2, 1½ cup servings


5 minutes


5 minutes


  • ½ cup black grapes
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 T natural cashew butter
  • ½ frozen banana
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 30 mg full spectrum CBD oil


  1. Add ingredients to a medium blender. Blend on low, increasing speed to high for one minute and thirty seconds.

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